As part of Rochester Regional Health, the Orthopaedic Spine Program works closely with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists and other experts throughout the Lipson Cancer Institute and our system to provide comprehensive care for patients who have tumors that have either originated in or spread to the neck, back, or spine.
A spinal tumor is a growth of cells that can occur in the bones or tissues surrounding the spinal cord or nerves. Spinal tumors may also arise from your nerve or spinal cord tissues. They can be part of a localized (focal) disease process or part of a broader systemic problem from cancer that arises elsewhere in the body.
Whether they are benign or malignant, spinal tumors can impact daily functions and lead to damage over time, destabilizing the spinal column or putting pressure on your spinal cord or nerves.
Working closely with experts across the Rochester Regional Health system, we will evaluate your spinal tumor and determine the best possible treatment approach.
In some cases, we may not recommend surgery and instead opt to start with simple observation, medications, or radiotherapy in collaboration with radiation oncology providers.
If surgery is needed, we will use the most minimally invasive approaches to treat your spine tumor, including: